As the New York Jets were victorious in their first preseason game of the year, wide receiver Jalin Marshall made the most of his opportunities.
The New York Jets won their preseason debut 17-13 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. There were good things and bad things from the offense and defense on Thursday night against the Jacksonville Jaguars. In the grand scheme of things, all the young players on the roster really popped.
One player who stood out was wide receiver Jalin Marshall who showcased his blazing speed on kickoff returns. Earlier in the week, head coach Todd Bowles said that Jeremy Ross and Marshall would get the first crack at the returning job on Thursday night. Here’s what he had to say, courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets:
On how many different players will return punts on Thursday…
Depends on how many times we can make them punt. If it’s two or three, we might get two of them in there. If we get five or six in, we might see three or four guys depending on who finishes the game.
On if the first two punt returners will be Jeremy Ross and Marshall…
Starting out, yes.
Marshall and Ross took full advantage of their opportunities, starting off with the Ross’ 51 yard kickoff return to start the Jets’ first offensive possession. Of courser Marshall rose to the occasion, breaking off his own long return going for 84 yards to the cheers of the crowd in attendance.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) August 12, 2016
Marshall benefited from other player’s misfortunes, as Bowles revealed after the game that the team sat wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins due to a groin injury. The Jets are looking for a dynamic kickoff/punt returner that brings consistency and speed.
Marshall is really helping his case with his return ability and the fact that he can do damage as that fourth or fifth option in the passing game. After a stellar performance in his preseason debut, Marshall is on his way to continue proving his worth.